Out of the Woods But Not Over the Hill Hardcover – 14 Oct 2010
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A worthy successor to James Herriott, and every bit as endearing. (Alan Titchmarsh)
For those of us of a certain age, Out of the Woods but not Over the Hill is a wonderfully cheering title. When Gervase Phinn receives his peerage for services to good-heartedness, this will be the motto on his coat of arms: "Ex silvis sed non supra montem."... This entertaining and moving homework earns a good few merit marks. Gervase Phinn is not going downhill yet, by a long chalk on a blackboard (Independent, Jonathan Sale)
Packed with hilarious yarns on family, growing up and growing old, this is a marvellous book (Daily Express)
Bestselling author Gervase Phinn writes with warmth and wit on the pleasures and pains of growing older.
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Top Customer Reviews
I would not recommend buying it as it gives the impression that he is scraping the bottom of the barrel for tales to tell.
What a disappointment.
It's definitely something unique and whilst we're not talking comedian humour here we are talking about a title that will make you laugh. There is definitely something for everyone within this title with excerpts that everyone of a certain age will identify as well as appreciate. All in a fun novel and one that the odd wedding speech may borrow from with ease.
Finally, if you get the chance to meet Gervase at a signing or a talk, take the opportunity, it's a wonderful night out, you'll laugh and a great night out will have been had. If you're worried, take a friend, they'll find it as funny as you and soon be a fan of the author. A man who can truly talk the birds from the trees.
A great disappointment and it would certainly deter any new reader who picked up the book of reading his other works.
His use of words generally is phenomenal and I envy his skill in the "mot just" for all occasions.
If I had a criticism it would be that many of his encounters are repeated almost verbatim in his other books but as his writings are books to be read and read again, this is just a small matter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In line with all the previous Gervase Phinn books it was an excellent read, full of humour and very well writtenPublished 4 months ago by Mr Carroll Swaine
Read this book with disappointment. considering his qualifications in English, I'm surprised at the poor use of certain adjectives, and the abundance of similes that irritated me.Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Oriel G. Bayliss
These are my husbands books.he chuckles away to himself while reading them. Always amusing.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
What I have read so far, about half way throught is brilliant, can't really put it down, but have to.Published 5 months ago by Mags